su·​et | \ ˈsü-ət \

Definition of suet

: the hard fat about the kidneys and loins in beef and mutton that yields tallow

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Traditional mincemeat contains meat (beef, venison or mutton), suet (a rich, firm beef fat), dried fruits and spices, preserved by copious booze. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "What Your Holiday Table Has Been Missing," 12 Dec. 2018 Back then, there was a lack of suitable ingredients and proper cooking equipment so English settlers were unable to make their traditional suet puddings. Cassie Armstrong,, "National Cherry Cobbler Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 17 May 2018 For the uninitiated, haggis is a Scottish delicacy of sheep or calf offal mixed with oatmeal, suet and seasoning boiled in a bag (often from the animal’s stomach). Jen Banowetz,, "Itasca's Scottish Festival and Highland Games brings Scotland to the suburbs," 13 May 2018 That’s the kind of winter that calls for venison sausages braised in wine, meatballs in a goulash sauce, Irish stew with dumplings heavy on the beef suet. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Nebbiolo, the wine equivalent of winter’s woodpile," 16 Jan. 2018 The frozen suet will shatter nicely and not make a slippery mess. Donald Gilliland, The Seattle Times, "Stir up a Victorian Christmas Pudding, Pittsburgh style," 24 Dec. 2017 All the recipes contain a key ingredient that will give some cooks pause: beef suet. Donald Gilliland, The Seattle Times, "Stir up a Victorian Christmas Pudding, Pittsburgh style," 24 Dec. 2017 Keep the feeders stocked with a dry, fresh, diverse offering of seeds and add a suet dough cake to spice things up. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Fewer birds at your feeder? They’ll be back," 4 Oct. 2017 At her Denver home, Tinianow maintains three birdfeeders and a suet hanger. Colleen Smith, The Denver Post, "Birding for science: Denver Field Ornithologists is leading a citizen-science initiative in the heart of the city," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of suet

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suet

Middle English sewet, from Anglo-French suet, siuet, from seu, su hard animal fat, from Latin sebum

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English Language Learners Definition of suet

: a type of hard fat that is found in cows and sheep


su·​et | \ ˈsü-ət \

Kids Definition of suet

: the hard fat around the kidneys in beef and mutton from which tallow is made


su·​et | \ ˈsü-ət \

Medical Definition of suet

: the hard fat about the kidneys and loins in beef and mutton that yields tallow and that in prepared form is used in some pharmaceutical ointments

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to gather or build up little by little

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